Reading another post by Alpha a little bit ago prompted me to post this one. I gotta say, this actually caused me to lose some sleep and may turn in to a bit of a rant, for that I apologize ahead of time. There will be a survival related moral/point at the end- I promise. While driving home from work last week on a rural road I come around the corner and see traffic stopping very quickly, so I pulled onto the gravel shoulder to see what's going on. About 4 cars up there is a sedan w/ some smoke coming out of the hood and a large delivery truck in front of it with 5 or 6 people running around it yanking on the door handles banging on the windows with their hands. I keep a 15 lb fire extinguisher in the work truck, so I grab it from behind my seat and ran up to the car. I empty it under the hood just in case, and look up to see everyone frozen staring at me. I get around to the driver and look in, the lady looks so panicked I think she is gonna faint. She is feverishly yanking at the door handle, so I yell to unlock the door. She is screaming it won't unlock, while pressing the power locks button. I point to the little knob on top of the door near the window and motion to pull it up. She looks at me with a bewildered look and pulls it up. I grab the handle to open it, then she freaks out because she is stuck. I leaned over her and pushed the seat belt button and she launches up pushing me out of the way screaming about the car exploding and to get away. I reached to the back door and unlock it, open the rear door, and remove the car seat holding her 1 yr old. Everyone else is either still standing there staring at me or has followed her away from the car. All the while, my ear piece was in with the police on the phone explaining to them what was happening (company policy, use the ear piece or your fired so it's always in if I'm driving for work). Police, fire truck, and ambulance showed up as I was carrying the baby toward the group of idiots. I explained everything to the 2 officers to the response of shaking heads, fire department even offered to get the extinguisher refilled. I have to admit, the drive home was silent and after telling the story to my wife I went on probably a 20 minute rant about how disgusted I am with people in general. From the group stupidity to the mother that would forget to grab the baby and put herself first, it was a pretty hard to accept that this is what so many people in our society have come to. I am quick to jump on entitlement programs making people lazy, but I never thought of just how far reaching the nanny state we live in has gone. She replied with a hug and asked if I wanted a beer (she's a keeper!). Moral of the story- keep it simple, and don't panic.